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Anybody know where to get HK USP parts? No, seriously…

I had a gentleman come into my store yesterday.  I had taught his CCW class a little while before, and he had asked me if we could do modifications to guns.  I told him to bring the gun by the shop and I would introduce him to my gunsmith. 

So he comes in yesterday, real nice guy, and his gun that he wants to modify is a USP .40, and it is the variant that is double action only, with a manual safety.  I ask what the problem is, and he says, try the trigger. 

Pull-pull-pull-pause for breath-pull-dramatic hesitation-click.  I don’t know what the pull weight on this particular speciman was, but the trigger pull gauge doesn’t go that high.  Honest opinion?  It was bad, even by DAO standards.  Let me rephrase, it was bad double action, even by German standards.

So understandably, he wanted to change out the little plate so that he could switch it to the da/sa cocked and locked variant.  I told him that I’m not HK direct, so that his best bet would be to contact their customer service and see about getting the Variant 1 plate. 

He has contacted customer service.  Repeatedly.  For a long time.  Hasn’t had any luck.

So I’m trying not to say anything, because then everybody on the internet will say, Oh Silly Correia, you’re just biased.  You’re just a HATER.   You’re just not an OPERATOR! (on that note, there’s a video game forum that has posted my picture and my profile from my blog, and says that it must suck to be a 32 year old virgin, because apparently, if you don’t like HK, then you don’t get to have The Sex.  Which, I’ll have to inform my lovely wife of 10 years, that this new policy must go into effect immediatly, and also my 3 children, because apparently, they don’t actually exist.  Also ironically, they’ve somehow construed that I hate video games, because I make fun of people who’s knowledge base comes from games, when I’m hopelessly addicted to my Xbox 360.  Go figure)

 So my gunsmith and I start going to various places online that we can get parts from, and have zero luck.

So I pull up HK’s page, and start calling other Utah gunshops that are listed as HK direct dealers.  The first shop I call has been around a long time, and I used to shop there before I started my own place.  They’ve got some good people there, and are located in Salt Lake City.  Maybe they’ll have some, or be able to get them…

Correia:  Hi, I would like to get one of those plates so that I can change a USP from DAO to DA/SA with safety.  Do you have them, or can you get them?

Gunstore #1:  Uh… well… Yeah, about that, we’re listed on their page, but you’ve got to understand, that they’re kind of hard to get parts from… and… well…

Correia:  Dude, I’m calling from FBMG.  I’m a dealer too. I’m calling for a customer. I know all about them. 

Gunstore #1:  Oh, cool.  Then you know they’re a pain in the ass.  Sorry man.  Good luck.  You’re gonna need it.

Okay.  No luck there.  So I called another Utah gunstore on the list.  I’m not as impressed with these guys, but they’re on the list.  I will not reveal the company name to protect the stupid.  This phone call started the same as the first, but the idiot on the other line, barely able to string two coherant sentances together, at first didn’t understand what I was asking for, then got really confused, bloviated for about five minutes while I used very simple words to explain what I was looking for, before he finally told me to call back tomorrow to talk to his boss.

I hung up the phone, looked at the 3 Minions I had working behind the FBMG counter and told them, “I swear that if any of you, ever, answers a phone here, and you’re as clueless and useless as that guy, I’ll fire you on the spot.”  They all nod sagely.  “No, screw that.  I’ll just shoot you in the knee cap.” 

So I come to you, knowledgable people of the internet.  Where the hell do you get those plates for USPs?  I can’t find them online anywhere, unless I’m searching for the wrong term, HK customer service won’t call the customer back, and nobody local seems to have them. 

And no snide comments about how I should sell him a different gun.  Contrary to what some people on the internet seem to think about me, I’m not a devotee of any brand or type.  I just think you should use what works for you, and not get all self-righteous about your crap.  However, it is hard to use a gun with a 20 pound trigger that you start pulling in January and it will discharge sometime in March, (unless it’s a leap year, then it may go off in February).  Surely, if this customer was a REAL OPERATOR, living on a diet of raw snake meat and Dick Marcinko novels, then he would easily pull that trigger.

Ironically, since I was informed earlier this week that the “VAST MAJORITY” of special operations people preferred HK products, I thought I would check.  Since my store’s approximately a block from the Headquarters, and a big chunk of my customer base is wearing ACUs when I sell them guns, I do sell a few personal guns to SF people.  And since my business partner is the friggin’ armorer (45B) for the local SF unit, he knows everybody.  

Ironically, the single most popular handgun purchased was the Springfield XD .45. 

The single most popular rifle was a Stag AR15.  

Ironic.  🙂 

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NC
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NC
8 years 8 months ago
Well, like the H&K, the XD .45 is a big, chunky, aesthetically challenged plastic double-stack .45. Unlike the H&K, the XD has a tolerable trigger pull. It’s even better than the Glock’s trigger pull, which is not unlike a bottle of Windex. Unlike either the H&K or the Glock, though, the average human can actually reach the trigger of an XD-45. That probably has something to do with it. As for the gamers…I didn’t grow up with guns. I got interested in guns because of the game Half-Life in 1998. As a matter of fact, I’ve spent most of the… Read more »
Nick(The other white Nick)
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Nick(The other white Nick)
8 years 8 months ago
I was thinking of going into the National Guard..and I would have gone in as a 45B. 45B rocks. When I called to have yall’s FFL sent to the place here..you weren’t in at the moment and one of your minions answered..I can vouch for whoever it was (Just got a “Hello?” so no idea what the name was or anything) that they aren’t as useless as that guy. But that being said..I largely blame video games for getting me into firearms. I used to be a Counter-Strike kiddie back in the day..but I eventually learned that C-S is useless… Read more »
Nick(The other white Nick)
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Nick(The other white Nick)
8 years 8 months ago

And oh yeah..I have a FEG PMK .380 that used to be my uncle’s..it has atleast a 16lb double action trigger pull.

But it’s also DA/SA.
But can’t be carried cocked and locked..so it’s not going to be my conceal carry.

Andy Sparrow
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Andy Sparrow
8 years 8 months ago

Have your guy contact HK using his group letterhead/laurels. Nepotism can pay off since they’re not hungry. They make a drop in match trigger as well, which helps. But not much.
They can always say “You think that’s bad? Check out the VP70!” Should have been sold with a “Captains of Crush” accesory kit.

Robb Allen
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8 years 8 months ago
Chris Byrne
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8 years 8 months ago

Larry,

Don’t bother; no one will sell them to you. I’ve tried, over and over again,. when I was the smith at a gunshop down here in AZ.

Then I had to get my USP compact serviced, and had this happen:

http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2005/03/customer-dis-service-volume-2.html

Tired, Grumpy Ogre
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Tired, Grumpy Ogre
8 years 8 months ago

Hey, did I mention on the phone the other day that I just bought a mill and lathe? So, what does this little plate look like, and what’s it made of?

Man, I half (or possibly a little more than half) wish I could move to SLC and come work with you guys.

Don Gwinn
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8 years 8 months ago

Well, in all fairness, Larry was the one who chucked a rock at their hive. It was buzzing angrily already, and all the drones were wearing identical HK t-shirts, which is a little creepy even for hive-organized insects.

You can’t expect the drones not to swarm.

SuperNaut
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SuperNaut
8 years 8 months ago

Dude, the intertubes turned you back into a virgin!

Sabre22
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Sabre22
8 years 8 months ago

Numrich Gun parts Carries H & K parts

Ogre
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8 years 8 months ago

Oh, for a second there I thought he said Larry was a Virginian!
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl – AWESOME game. Love it.

Chris Byrne
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8 years 8 months ago
Oh I should note, I did pay the extortionate charge to get my slide replaced (read the link above for background). Let me tell you, although HKs customer service people are just about the worst, their factory armorers are top notch. Anyway, after customer service squeezed the price of a used Ruger out of me, the factory armorers did something nice for me. I got the pistol back with two brand new magazines, and every part in the gun but the frame; new, and hand fitted. There was a service note in the box with service notations for every single… Read more »
Rodney Abong
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Rodney Abong
7 years 2 months ago
Good day sir, I am a proud owner of an H&k USP Full size .45 desert tanned pistol, this is my very first firearm. I researched and tested a few pistols before I bought this pistol. Now, my situation is that I reside in the Philippines, as I was later on informed, the legal Hk distributors here must be recognized by Hk germany, no other Hk authorities (e.i. Hk usa) has authority over selling Hk firearms in the Philippines and at present, there are no Hk exclusive distributors here also. I bought my Hk USP from a legitimate gun store… Read more »
Kristopher
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8 years 8 months ago

NC: Congrats on getting away from the console and getting into a real aircraft.

I found that flying and landing a Cessna 172 was a heck of a lot easier than the damned PC simulators ….

Tom the Impaler
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8 years 8 months ago

Has anyone yet suggested that you are not a government operator, and that therefore you suck, and H&K hates you?

Wayne
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Wayne
8 years 8 months ago

Sigh. Games do get people interested in guns – mostly ‘cool guns’, the expensive, high-end firearms. The people who will go out and buy these are at least getting more guns out there in homes and in some cases on hips, but what we really need is some way to make even the low-end guns more attractive.

That said, anyone know where I can get a .223 Colt Rangemaster cut down into a handgun? 😉 😛

NC
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NC
8 years 8 months ago

“I found that flying and landing a Cessna 172 was a heck of a lot easier than the damned PC simulators”

You noticed that too, huh? LOL

“but what we really need is some way to make even the low-end guns more attractive.”

In S.T.A.L.K.E.R., you can get into gunfights with a Makarov and an over-and-under shotgun.

Scott
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Scott
8 years 8 months ago

Well, as a former Army Ranger, I guess I may qualify as an “operator”, but I too evidently suck and H&K hates me. What do I know about guns, I just carry a “cheap” 1911 clone, uh, I think it’s called a Kimber?

Whatever.

Avenger 29
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Avenger 29
8 years 8 months ago
“I found that flying and landing a Cessna 172 was a heck of a lot easier than the damned PC simulators ….” This is so very true. I haven’t fired up the flight simulator for 2 years, now, and only tried it a couple of times once I started flying real planes. Back on topic… You will not find an HK in my collection, ever, unless they start treating civilians far better than they do now. Good luck helping this gent get his pistol in better shape, or at least help him sell it to an HK fanboy who will… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew
8 years 8 months ago

Should have been less cryptic. Have your employee who’s the armorer over at group him call the bastards like he’s representing group. Hi I’m specialist Snuffy and I’m an armorer from X co. X Bn. 19SFG and I need a digumfortemstat, can you help me out? He’s not lying and they usually bend over for SOCOM. Doubt their customer service would be on it enough to go Group? with a .40?

flashman
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flashman
8 years 8 months ago

Over at HK Pro forum there’s a couple of stickies that talk about changing out triggers and have some contacts for parts.

Dave
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Dave
8 years 8 months ago
Larry, I used to be a Class-III dealer in Tennessee. HK’s own lackey told me in person that if I wasn’t the government of say, Brazil, they didn’t care if I was happy or not. HK Authorized Dealer doesn’t mean jack. This same lackey used to have his secretary call me and say, “Please hold for Mr. ________.” She was mystified that we “kept getting cut off” and was shocked when I informed her that I was hanging up. This smug jerk is trying sell me stuff, and I’m supposed to hold for HIM? HK’s best product is their advertising.… Read more »
kbyrd
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kbyrd
8 years 7 months ago

1-800-LEEDWAY

http://www.leedway.com/

I’m a lefty. I converted a variant 1 USP into a ambi (whatever variant it’s called). Calling them resulted in talking to someone who listened to what I wanted, took some time to figure the exact parts needed and sent them to me right away.

This was two years ago, no idea if they still have parts or competence on staff.

Mr Meval
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Mr Meval
8 years 5 months ago

If you want to get low end guns ‘out there’ use one in competition and win.

Bill
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Bill
7 years 9 months ago

Once a USP is double action only, it takes more than a changing of the detent plate to add the correct control lever or have a hammer that stays in the single action cocked position. The parts are not easy to get but it is possible and costs well over $100. I work on these all the time out of my shop in Heath, OH. Contact me directly at terebil@gmail.com
Take care and shoot straight,
Bill

Alan
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Alan
7 years 8 months ago
Bill is correct. It takes more than changing the plate and control lever. it’s a decent start however. I’ve had some decent luck with parts (even some not on their site) with hkparts.net. If they dont have the part you’re looking for listed on their site then give em a call and more times than not they will. I’m no HK fanboy, as some call, but i do own a HK USP compact 40 and wouldnt take anything for it, BUT I too have had PLENTY of problems with HK’s customer service. It took me 3 times calling and talking… Read more »
rodney
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rodney
7 years 18 days ago
First of all, I would like to thank Alan for the only worthwhile suggestion on the topic “Anybody knows where I could get Hk USP parts? No, seriously…” and to those brilliant individuals who believes that those who will look upon this site to know what you guys think of a Cessna and how your meager childhood would have been playing with simulators and yourselves, oh well.. you get the idea. This is the problem with people now a days, so much talk, so little problem solving. I will get my Hk USP in the condition I want! Whatever way… Read more »
Ted
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Ted
6 years 10 months ago

Yeah, I really love the engine block of a slide on my USP 40. Damn thing weighs more than a 100 rd. box of ammo. Need 2 belts and a pair of suspenders and a midget to help carry it holstered. Can’t wait to get something else.

CW
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CW
6 years 5 months ago
Dude, I work for a gun shop, and I just got one of those fanboy customer (and by no mean is this guy a boy; talking about mid 40-50). First came in to ask if we have any Colt in stock as Colt is supposed to be the best, show me a Colt catalog that has all the famous old and dead people and claim if they use Colt and it must be the best thing on God’s green earth… I told him unfortunately none of the gun he’s looking for is legal in California. Next time he came in… Read more »
Steve
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Steve
6 years 3 months ago

HK Parts Suppy a wide range of genuine HK parts and accessories. http://www.hkparts.net . Go check it out.

Regards,
Steve (South Africa)

Rodney
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Rodney
6 years 3 months ago

I have been to the site you referred, simply put, I need an Hk USP .45 fullsize desert brown (or standard black) frame. The site has every part of the Hk USP .45 including the springs, but no frame. One more thing, I need that to be shipped to me. If you could help me sir Steve, it will be more than apperciated.

Thank you.

Shane
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Shane
5 years 9 months ago
Hey, I know this thread is old, but here’s my 2 cents: I don’t know how firearms laws are in the Philippines, but the reason most stores won’t have the frame in the US is because that part (on most pistols) is the serialized part. So even if you bought just the frame, you’d have to do all the paperwork and pay all the fees and taxes associated with buying a whole gun, minus the value of the slide. I dunno how it goes down there, but last time I bought a handgun from another state, I was charged $45… Read more »
hk wielder
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hk wielder
5 years 7 months ago

Excuse the very late reply…Very willing, able and capacitated to locate specific unit mentioned and very interested with your offer… email me hkwielder@yahoo.com, let’s talk details. 🙂

hk wielder
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hk wielder
5 years 7 months ago

Oh and sir shane, if you have specific pictures of the unit you are looking for, so I can have my people locate the specifi unit you want or any of its brothers 😛

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